Column: June 20, 2019

Ottawa Public Health Community Information Session

I am hosting a Community Information Session where Ottawa Public Health will present information well water testing, ticks/Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. Ward 5 residents are invited to attend the session on Tuesday, June 25, 7pm-8:30pm, at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd.

Sandbag processing site on Kinburn Side Road

I’ve received inquiries about the ‘sandbag mountain’ at the Public Works site at 1444 Kinburn Side Rd. This location is being used as a sandbag processing site. Staff have begun work here and are separating the sand from the bags with the appropriate shredding and screening equipment with this process taking about two to three weeks. The separated sand will then be stored in neat piles on site and within the next 4 weeks will be put through a final separation process preparing it for future winter material use. Residents should see a gradual reduction in the pile of used sandbags soon. Any likelihood of critters or bugs is quite low as staff will be constantly working on the piles.

Garbage collection for flood affected properties

The City clearly understands that some residents are continuing with their clean up efforts from the spring flood event. Even though the City has returned to regular waste pick-up operations in these flood affected neighbourhoods, staff will continue to monitor the areas and will arrange special pick-up of flood related materials as needed.

Well water testing returns to normal schedule

Now that the state of emergency has been lifted, Ottawa Public Health has updated it’s well water testing webpage to reflect regular weekly operations. Residents can drop off their water samples on Tuesdays at the usual frequency prior to the flood. The courier will pick the samples up on Wednesdays only. Water testing bottles can be picked up during normal business hours. Please see below for the current Tuesday drop off locations:

• Carp Library, 3911 Carp Rd., 10am-8pm

• Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Rd., 7am-8pm

• Nicholls General Store, 3798 Dunrobin Rd., 6am-10pm

• MacEwen Gas, 1794 Dunrobin Rd, 5:30am-11pm

• Kinburn Client Service Center, 5670 Carp Rd., 8:30am-4:30pm

• Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Dr., 7am-9:30pm

• Constance Bay Pharmacy, 131 Constance Bay Rd., 10am-7pm

Column: January 28, 2019

2019 Pre-Budget Meeting & Meet Your City Services Night – On Thursday, January 24 I held my 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night in Kinburn. I want to thank the residents that attended and engaged in this important process. As well, my thanks to the city staff who were on hand to meet with residents one-on-one to discuss the services they provide on a daily basis – Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Police, Ottawa Public Health, By-Law, Planning & Infrastructure, Para Transpo and Roads. This was a great opportunity for residents to have more personal discussions with the City of Ottawa departments that most impact our daily lives in Ward 5.

The next step in the 2019 budget process is the tabling of the budget at a City Council meeting on February 6, 2019. Following the tabling, residents can attend or register as a public delegation at Standing Committees, Board or Commission meetings where the budget will be reviewed and discussed by Councillors and Board members at City Hall (meetings are being held between February 12 and March 4). If you want to attend or register as a public delegation go to ottawa.ca for the schedule of meetings and information on the registration process.

Other ways you can have your say on Budget 2019 include:

- Submitting your ideas to me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca
- Emailing budget@ottawa.ca
- Tweeting @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
- Calling in your commends to 3-1-1

New location for free well water testing – MacEwen Gas located, at 1794 Dunrobin Road, is now accepting private well water samples every Tuesday during regular business hours (5:30am – 11pm). As well, residents can pick up water sampling bottles at the gas bar during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 5:30am-11pm, Sat 6am-11pm, and Sun 7am-10pm). This new location is replacing the previous location that was stationed at Dunrobin Meats & Grocery. For a complete list of all of the well water drop off locations in the City go to ottawa.ca.

Winterlude at the Diefenbunker – Beat the cold at the Diefenbunker during their annual Winterlude at the Bunker. The dates are Friday, February 1 – Monday, February 18 and the cost is included in the price of admission. Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria. For more details go to diefenbunker.ca.

Fitzroy Winter Carnival – Mark your calendars! The Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival is happening February 7, 8 and 9. For the latest details on events visit fitzroyharbour.wordpress.com in the coming days to get all the latest event details.

Column: July 9, 2018

Public meeting – Communications in West Carleton-March

There is going to be a community meeting happening this evening to further discuss how news will be communicated in West Carleton-March. There will be some exciting news and everyone is encouraged to attend to learn how we can share local news, community events and local advertising. This meeting starts at 7pm tonight at the Kinburn Client Service Centre, at 5670 Carp Rd. Spread the word to your family and neighbours.

Drive-In Bingo in Carp

Drive-in Bingo is back again this summer at the Carp Fairgrounds on Wednesday evenings. Mark your calendars for July 11, July 25 and August 1. There will be a BBQ which will start at 6pm. Bingo begins at 7pm. Cost is $10 for a full sheet, or $5 for a single sheet.

14th Annual Carp Show n’ Shine

Carp Show n’ Shine is set for its 14th edition on Saturday, July 14 at the Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd. Registration is from 8am-11am and it is $10 per vehicle. The trophy presentations will take place after 1pm. There will be vehicles of all sorts: custom, classic, trucks, tractors, snowmobiles and more. For more information go to their Twitter account at @CarpShownShine.

4th Annual Abilities Centre Ottawa Golf Tournament

The 2018 edition of the Abilities Centre Ottawa golf tournament is set for September 14, 2018 at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club. Registration will start at 1pm with a shotgun start at 2pm. The tournament this year will be 9 holes only. Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6pm with auction items and prizes. The cost is $75 for golf, cart and dinner. To attend dinner only the cost is $30 per plate. Register by August 10 to be entered for early bird prizes. For more information and to register go to http://abilitiescentreottawa.org.
 
The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors (which includes Ward 5’s own Todd Nicholson and Emily Glossop) are a dedicated group who want to bring to Ottawa a fully-integrated, inclusive, multi-purpose and accessible recreation facility designed to meet the needs of all individuals and families. The Abilities Centre Ottawa will meet an already pressing need in our region and will, in fact, prepare the city to address the needs of an increasing proportion of its population that will benefit from the recreational, training and rehabilitative services and programs that it is uniquely designed to deliver. Ottawa's Abilities Centre will be a community hub for healthy living where everyone is welcomed.

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls regarding speeding on our roads. As a reminder, residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

Free well water testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) makes it convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. OPH has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing. As part of this program, Ward 5 residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations:

•    Carp Library, 3911 Carp Road, 10am to 8:30pm
•    Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Road, 7am to 8pm
•    Dunrobin Meat and Grocery, 2808 Dunrobin Road, 7am to 8pm
•    Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road, 8:30am to 4:30pm
•    Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Drive, 7am to 9:30pm

Column: July 27, 2017

Free well water testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) makes it convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. OPH has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing. As part of this program, Ward 5 residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations:

  • Carp Library, 3911 Carp Road, 10am to 8:30pm
  • Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Road, 7am to 8pm
  • Dunrobin Meat and Grocery, 2808 Dunrobin Road, 7am to 8pm
  • Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road, 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Drive, 7am to 9:30pm

Learn to Sail at Kanata Sailing Club

At the Kanata Sailing Club (1610 Sixth Line Road), sharing their love of sailing with others is a cornerstone of the club and a key to its success. So it offers a wide selection of courses and clinics for kids, teenagers, adults and families. No matter what your level of ability or experience, Kanata Sailing Club is committed to seeing your learning experience being rewarding and fun.  

The club offers:

  • Adult and youth 16+ Learn-to-Sail Programs
  • Junior (Ages 6-15) Learn to Sail Programs
  • Family Learn-to-Sail Programs
  • Private lessons (available for non members)

For information about course dates and fees visit kanatasailingclub.com/training or email them at ksc.training@gmail.com.

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls regarding speeding on our roads. As a reminder, residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

2017 Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment. If you know of a worthy Ward 5 resident, please consider nominating them!

For more information, including nomination forms and eligibility requirements, visit ottawa.ca/orderofottawa. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 8.